Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Sarawak Mess

Senior DAP politician Lim Kit Siang (left) kicked off his party’s campaign in Sarawak on Sunday with an apology to voters in the hornbill state for Pakatan Harapan’s failed attempt at consensus over seat distribution.
Lim confessed he was unsure how the fledgling pact would recover from the mess but said the matter would be dealt with only after Sarawak votes on May 07, 2016.
“I apologize to the people of Sarawak and Malaysia for the failure of Pakatan Harapan to ensure a one-to-one contest against the Barisan Nasional in the Sarawak state election and promise that DAP leaders, members and supporters at all levels will work doubly or even trebly hard,” he said, according to a copy of his ceramah speech.
At the close of nominations yesterday, PKR and DAP were seen pitted against one another in six seats, namely Mambong, Simanggang, Murum, Mulu, Ngemah and Batu Kitang.
The clashes are the result of the failure between the two Pakatan Harapan allies in Sarawak to stick to a previous agreement struck by their national leaders that there would be no overlapping seats among all their members during the polls.
I suppose, Sarawakians prefer to go their own way, and I reckon they are even more enthusiastic to show off their independence.
Mind you, this is not confined to just the opposition – even BN are witnessing members who have resigned from their respective component parties, namely SUPP, UPP, Teras and SPDP to contest as BN-friendly Independents and/or BN Direct Candidates. 
Newcastle United came back from 2-0 down to claim a point from Liverpool in this EPL match on Saturday.
Daniel Sturridge's goal after 76 seconds and Adam Lallana's thirtieth minute goal meant the Reds were cruising at the break. But Papiss Cisse put the Magpies back into contention in the forty-eighth minute before Jack Colback pulled them level with a deflected shot in the sixty-sixth minute.
On Sunday, I completed Round 34 of the CC manual when I presented my #10 speech at the Chiang Mai Toastmasters meeting.
WestConn Toastmaster Carmine Coco de Young, a Distinguished Toastmaster, and award-winning author, freelance writer, storyteller, and speaker from Connecticut, USA evaluated me.

Interestingly, she used the COD method. In case you’re wondering, COD is Content, Organization and Delivery.




To close the 2015-2016 Toastmasters year, I hope to complete Round 35 – that means, seven more CC speeches to go! Way to go, Victor!

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